Future Leaders use onboarding to create connection

One in three people leave a job within six months of starting. I read that stat today and it took me a bit by surprise. What could possibly go wrong in six months that would cause somebody to leave? Then, I married that stat up with another one of my favorite stats. Fifty percent of people quit managers, not companies. Ooh. Then I thought about another stat: One in three executives rated their onboarding experience as poor. Ouch. My suspicion is that many of our organizations work really hard to get new people in the door, but then they leave these new people alone in the wilderness once they have complete the company paperwork and received login credentials. Future leaders will need to intentionally create more connection with new hires if we want to attract and retain the best in a tight labor market. Personal connection. Connection to the organization. Connection to coworkers. Connection to the mission. Connection to the culture. Yeah, it’s another thing to think about, plan, and execute on. But, that’s the leader’s job, yo!

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Future Leader | Leadership

Published on January 15, 2019

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